Noble Knott car park, Words in the Wood trail and Masmill Beck trail are closed due to storm damage.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Forest open 7 days a week

Visitor Information & Forest Shop

Open daily 10am to 4pm

Siskins Cafe

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm
Open 10am to 5pm at weekends

Open daily 10am to 5pm

Go Ape
Tree Top Adventure closed until February half term
Forest Segway closed until March




Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm


Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 5pm

How to find us

How to find us
Whinlatter Pass, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5TW
By Car

From Keswick, take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite village, turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Whinlatter Visitor Centre signposts for approximately 3 miles


Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which gives you the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

OS Grid Ref

54.6047044, -3.2369404

Parking and prices

The main car park is on a 'Pay on Exit' system.

The are 2 pay stations situated in the main car park and 1 by the Visitor Centre.

Charges: if you stay for less than 20 minutes, parking is free. Otherwise, the charges below apply.  

The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease

Parking charges apply at all times.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge, find out more.

Parking Charges

Up to 1 hour £2.20
Each additional 20 minutes £0.45
All day £8.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

Hire a mobility scooter

Find out more information about hiring the Tramper /all-terrain mobility scooter at Whinlatter Forest in partnership with Lake District Mobility.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre

Contact details

Welcome to England's only true mountain forest

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

The Lakes are a dramatic and unique landscape which has been formed through man’s activities, such as forestry and land management. This landscape has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

At a glance

  • 9 walking trails
  • 3 cycling trails
  • Play areas
  • Go Ape
  • Nordic Walking 
  • Café
  • Bike hire
  • Tramper/mobility scooter hire
  • Picnic and barbecue areas
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